An enormous thank you to the Lush Nottingham team

Thank you to the NOTTS Lush team for their wonderful workshop that kick started our Mental Health Awareness Week of events. The event was full and the feedback sung their praises.

To coincide with this years Mental Health Foundation’s theme of ‘surviving to thriving’ we decided to carefully construct a week of events focussing on #SelfCare. With creativity during the event perfect to nurture our emotional wellbeing, and then with being able to take the bath products home made the work shop perfect for #SelfCare.

The group made strawberry swirl bath products and were treated to hand and arm massages, a very relaxing day!!

“Kneading the ‘dough’ for the Lush product was super therapeutic and I also enjoyed swirling the pink and white dough together to make the classic cone shape for the Comforter Bubble Bar – taking it home was a bonus as it has filled my house and car with its wonderful aroma! Many thanks to Lush and the Harmless team”

Here are some photos of the event:

Thank you again to the lovely team and we hope to work with you again in the future.

Harmless on BBC East Midlands Today news yesterday evening

Val Stevens, our Specialist Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Therapist, speaking out yesterday in response to ‘the number of young girls in Leicester needing hospital care for self harm has more then double in the last three years’. BBC East Midlands watch from 2:20…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08pl2jz/east-midlands-today-late-news-09052017 

 

Reach out to a friend

At Harmless we are asking everyone to reach out to a friend this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, because it really is the small things that make the biggest difference. Imagine what we could achieve if we all came together? Join us in raising awareness and challenging stigma and discrimination.

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php…

#HarmToHope #Harmless

 

Raising Awareness, Making Change…

Day 2 of #MHAW17 with another busy start from the Training Team.

Sophie Allen attended BBC Radio Nottingham to speak to BBC Radio Leicester breakfast show, to respond to figures of A and E presentations for self harm. But also, importantly, to discuss that actually these figures massively underestimate the prevalence of self harm. Many many people never disclose and live with their distress on their own!

It’s important to start having these conversations to break down the taboo and stigma around self harm. Hopefully by doing so, more people will be encouraged to tell someone they’re not ok. #itsoknottobeok #itsoktotalk

Five ways to wellbeing

I recently attended some mental health training, whilst I was there I heard about a set of evidence based actions to improve personal wellbeing.

Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems whilst helping some people to flourish.

The five ways to wellbeing encourage people to:

  • Connect with the people around them, with their family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.  Building these connections will help support and enrich every day life, at home, in work / school and in their local communities.
  • Be active – go for a walk or run, play a game, do some exercise will help to make you feel good. Discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  • Take notice – be curious, catch sight of the beautiful.  Remark on the usually. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  • Keep learning – try something new, Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cool your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
  • Give – do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Should you need any support, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk.

Happy Monday!

The dreaded Monday. The weekend feels like a distant memory. It’s time to wake up early, strong coffee in hand… ready to help us face the day ahead.

Today… we have LUSH coming in to support Mental Health Awareness Week with a workshop to make wonderful, natural bath products. I use a LUSH bath as a self-care activity. It is so important we take time out for ourselves – to hid from the world in a LUSH filled bath.

LUSH believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.

I read somewhere that statistics show Mondays will not be so bad after all, there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 child births and 42 million hugs today. There will also be 600 dogs adopted, 35,000 balloons sold, plus the words ‘I love you’ will be said over 9 million times. You may think Monday is going to be awful, but according to statistics… Monday is going to be a really nice day.

Katie
Suicide crisis project worker
The Tomorrow Project

In the News: Clarke Carlisle on Aaron Lennon- ‘I don’t want anyone to experience what I did’

When I first heard the news about Aaron Lennon, there was a feeling of sadness because I don’t want anyone to experience what I’ve been through. But it was also a feeling of relief.

My former team-mate at Leeds has got to the crisis point that I hit but he has now entered the support system and has the opportunity to address what is going on, rehabilitate himself and live a full and blessed life.

I remember our days at Leeds really well. Aaron has always been a really quiet lad. He was never someone who bragged about anything but just got on with his business. He’s quite possibly the quickest thing on two legs that I’ve ever had to man mark in five‑a‑sides. When he is on form he is literally unplayable and I know there is still plenty more to come from him.

 

To read the full article, please click the following link: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/03/clarke-carlisle-aaron-lennon-football-mental-health-issues?CMP=share_btn_tw

WORKSHOPS… available during Mental Health Awareness Week

Internet Safety & Emotional Wellbeing

10am – 11am

Wednesday 10th May 2017

Would you like to know more about Internet use, how to identify risk factors and protect you, or your loved ones from harm?

Join us Wednesday 10th May BOOK NOW: admin@harmless.org.uk

Self care & Resilience

1pm – 2pm

Wednesday 10th May 2017

 

Do you find yourself feeling run down?  Is your work/life balance a nightmare? Self care is a necessity not a luxury! Join us at looking at how you can give back to yourself. 

Join us Wednesday 10th May BOOK NOW: admin@harmless.org.uk

What is a crisis?

When you think of crisis, what do you imagine?

Chaos, panic, fear, turmoil, catastrophe, pressure, deadlock

Crisis presents itself in so many different ways. Crisis can of course, be chaos but it can also be silent and calm. For some people, crisis can be not getting out of bed in the morning.

Here at The Tomorrow Project; we understand crisis is personal and no crisis is the same. We can offer support through non clinical, practical interventions such as housing and finances that may be adding to distress.

We also offer emotional support; this could be a chat, with a warm drink in your favourite café. This could be in our welcoming, warm offices and a variety of other places.

Our aim is to fill you with hope for today, to get you through until tomorrow

If you would like more information, or to refer into The Tomorrow Project Crisis Pathway;
Email; crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk
Phone: 0115 934 8447 – a project worker will return your call within one working day

Suicide Crisis – What does it mean to you?

The word “crisis” in itself is quite an emotive word. For me anyway, when I think of “crisis”, my first image used to be things like panic, immediacy, and fear. It’s defined as “a time of intense difficulty or danger” – this sums it up fairly well, but in this definition there’s no mention of panic or fear – it’s an assumption. While these emotions are commonly present in a person experiencing a crisis, this is not always how that person can present to someone who’s talking to them.

Then, the word “suicide” is also not only an emotive word, but a stigmatised one. We are frequently reluctant to say this word and there’s also a fear of using it, of acknowledging it. I feel this can often be the case for anyone involved; the person themselves, friends and family talking to them about it, as well as professionals involved in their care.

When we then take the phrase “suicide crisis”, this can be a phrase which strikes fear into those involved. But if we’re afraid of the phrase, how can we discuss it openly with someone who is feeling this way? I think it’s really important to be mindful of how a person is experiencing a suicide crisis and how they construe their crisis. While there may be some overlap between people and how they present, there’s fairly often some variance, distinctions, and even contradictions in protective, predisposing etc. factors (e.g., one person’s protective factor could be another person’s precipitating factor).

For me, this interpretation of a suicide crisis makes it all the more important that I ask every person I see not only how they feel, but how they interpret their suicide crisis, what is contributing to it or preventing them from acting on their thoughts, and what made them now want to opt into our crisis pathway.

Within this, I think it’s important to address the person’s experience suicide crisis directly – I’ve discovered that something that may seem as simple as asking a question is such a powerful tool, and even though those questions can at times be difficult to ask and respond to, in the end they usually allow both me and the person I’m working with to work from the same page. Clarity is so important because if we work based on assumptions and implications then there is a lot more room for us to misjudge what the person seeking support is experiencing.

This is but one of the reasons why we shouldn’t shy away from phrases like “suicide crisis”. It’s ok to ask about suicide, and it’s ok to talk about it. At Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, we may be the professionals working with the people, but the people are the experts when it comes to their own thoughts, feelings and crisis. Our job is to listen and to help facilitate change if that person feels ready, not to force people into recovery.

If you feel like you need support around issues relating to self-harm or suicide including being bereaved by suicide, please feel free to contact either Harmless (0115 934 8445) or The Tomorrow Project (0115 934 8447, crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk, bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk) and we will try our best to start supporting you.